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Two fines were issued during the campaign to motorists for operating a vehicle without a valid driving licence

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN: The Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, along with law enforcement officials, conducted a fruitful Railway Level Crossing and Road Safety Awareness Campaign in Upington. Picture: Supplied

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, together with law enforcement officials, conducted a Railway Level Crossing and Road Safety Awareness Campaign in Upington recently.

The operations were held at the Oranjeweg Level Crossing in Rosedale together with the Rosedale SAPS in an effort to raise awareness on railway level crossing and general road safety. Some of the issues addressed included visibility, wearing a seatbelt and not using a cellphone while driving.

The operations further tackled the roadworthiness of vehicles, checking of motor vehicle licence discs and drivers’ documents including taxi operator permits.

During the awareness operations, 180 vehicles were stopped and checked.

According to the department, more than 400 road users, including motorists, commuters, children walking to school and locals going about their business, were reached during the campaign.

Two fines were issued during the campaign to motorists for operating a vehicle without a valid driving licence.

Despite the success of the campaign, the department said it was worrying that a number of motorists only yielded at the level crossing stop sign instead of coming to a complete stop and only proceeding when it was safe to do so.

“This is a major concern as it means that they do not give themselves sufficient time to observe if it is safe to cross,” said the principal road safety officer, Wilfred Moller.

He said the department would continue with the road safety initiatives to encourage all road users to observe the rules of the road and to take responsibility not only for their own behaviour on the roads, but also for the safety of others.

“Motorists always appreciate the awareness campaign and visibility as it makes them feel safe on the roads while pedestrians also appreciated the efforts as it helped remind motorists to observe them as road users,” Moller said.